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“Academy Awards Ceremony”
Review of Dolby Theatre

Dolby Theatre
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Owner description: Home of the Academy Awards, Kodak Theater offers a 30-minute guided tour that includes a visit to the theater, VIP room and Oscar history.
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Oscar! How could you miss it if you are visiting LA? Though not the very best spot to visit but you will get an idea of Oscar night and rec carpet area. Throughout the year, it hosts different shows and if you have time you should see some shows in this theater. There is also a walk tour available with some fee which gives you much better idea about Academy Awards history and how the theater turns out during the main event. Lots of brand store is also available on the 1st level of this theater.

Thank Tanzir M
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We saw the IL Divo concert at this theater. I decided not to buy the nearest seats this time, but went for the Parterre Seats. For the price, I paid I thought it was a great deal!

Bought tickets via TicketMaster. Clicking on the Ticket Type- I saw that aside from "Full Price Ticket" there were other options. I noticed that there was a TZOO option, which I knew was Travelzoo. Hopped on the travelzoo website, saw the promo coupon, and got a substantial saving.

Anyway, this place is not really really big, such that the first floor where the orchestra seats are located is not so big. Thus, the parterre seats are not so far from the stage. But of course, closer is better. But the sound system was great at the Parterre locations. Note, there are other level seats - those I cannot opine.

Ok parking. Make sure you bring your ticket. We grabbed a sandwich before hitting the concert since we were running late. So fast food it is. Seems you get a $2 validation of some sort. So make sure you get your ticket validated. (Forgot to mention, Dolby Theater is within a big mall.)

You need to pay at a vending machine before you pick up your car to leave. There are vending machines where you can pay with credit card and/or cash in pretty much each floor. You'll see them located at an area before you exit to the parking area. On the floor where we were paying, I saw 2 vending machines.

After the show, OMG trying to get to the parking lot was a nightmare. The line on the vending machines to pay for parking, the escalators, and stairs were so crowded and so slow. So if you are coming out of a concert, you might as well seat down for 20 minutes or so before you brave getting to your parking lot.

4  Thank rrkkjones
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

The visit isn't the best but give you a better idea of the Oscars location, the outside is more like a small mall with restaurants and stores. The street itself isn't worth it, spend you time somewhere else in LA, there is too many better spots.

Thank CdnTravelFan
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you are visiting LA you have to check out the the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre) home of the Star's footprints and handprints. Your visit will also take you to the Walk of Fame and old Hollywood with its amazing architecture.
Previously, in the 80s and 90s, Hollywood was a miserably run down, somewhat dangerous area. It has undergone an amazing renovation and is now a vibrant, great place to visit.

1  Thank IBenevolentDictatorI
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Bought a ticket to the Neil Young show this past week and realized I was in the very very last row. Wow. You are wayyyy up there. Thankfully my vertigo didn't kick in. ; ) Not sure if it was at Neil Young's request, or the venue, but no photos or recording of any kind were allowed, which I think is completely obnoxious considering the amount of money you pay to see a show these days, but whatever.
Other than the fact that there were no screens for people past the first section to SEE Neil Young without the use of binoculars, the sound quality was superb. The stage setup was really very cool. 3 of his pianos and a variety of guitars as well as maybe 15 harmonicas laid out on top of one of the pianos.
Simple yet beautiful.
I'd post a picture, but....alas. Oh, and I thought it was very inappropriate to allow people to be up and walking around constantly to get drinks, etc during such a QUIET, INTIMATE show. My vote, people are only allowed to get up between songs. But....Neil Young...
He was fantastic! Solo and acoustic is the BEST way to see a show.
Parking at the Hollywood & Highland complex wasn't so bad. Price was fair as far as parking goes. Not nearly as bad getting out as I had feared. It's safe, well lit and right on site. Be sure to get your ticket validated at Customer Service on the 1st floor by MAC. And don't forget to pay at the machine (in line with everyone else!) before you leave. Great place to hang out, people watch, shop and/or eat before a performance.
Overall, I would definitely consider seeing another show at the Dolby.

2  Thank Sally M
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